Advancement Via Individual Determination
Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a global non-profit organization that operates with the following mission:
"AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society."
To learn more about AVID, please visit their webpage: AVID Website
In Cleburne ISD, we combine their mission with our own in efforts to prepare all students for post-secondary success. In CISD, we currently have three AVID campuses: Cleburne High School, Smith Middle School & Wheat Middle School. Those campuses with the AVID College Readiness System focus on components of WICOR to drive their lessons & help craft growth-mindset learners.
WICOR represents the components of effective classroom instruction. Teachers writing WICOR lessons and students experiencing WICORized lessons will engage in:
Writing: students will engage in writing to learn strategies that guide them through the entire writing process from drafting to peer editing and revising. Class may begin or end with Quick writes to frame lessons. Students write reflections on their learning both in class & in their notes. Students may also log their learning through the course to track new concepts & identify gaps in learning.
Inquiry: Based on Costa's Levels of Thinking, inquiry should be student initiated and deeper level. Teachers model inquiry through essential questions in their lesson planning & deeper level questioning in their classroom discussions.
Collaboration: Students engage in elements of small group instruction, think-pair-share, & whole group discussion. Students are encouraged to problem solve in groups & direct instruction is limited. Students may experience activities such as World Cafe, Socratic Seminars or Philosophical Chairs.
Organization: Student organization encompasses student binders, agendas/planners, goal setting for classes & post-secondary & backward mapping. Students will also experience organization in class through the use of notes and/or graphic organizers as they move through the focused note-taking process.
Reading: Critical reading is paramount in the AVID College Readiness System. Students engaging in critical reading organize their reading material by numbering paragraphs, identifying keywords, underlining author positions/arguments & annotating the margins to ask deeper level questions (Costa's) & make observations about the reading. Critical reading often builds into collaborative activities such as Philosophical Chairs or Socratic Seminars.
At the secondary level, the AVID College Readiness System also includes an AVID Elective class. The AVID elective is an application based class that focuses on providing students the academic & systemic supports needed to achieve their post-secondary dreams. Special consideration is given to students who are first-generation college students.
Within the AVID elective class, students hone their note-taking skills, organize a comprehensive student binder & engage in collaborative activities designed to prepare students for post-secondary educational environments. Students in the AVID Elective class are required to enroll in at least one advanced course (Pre-AP, AP, Dual Credit, or OnRamps) and participate in twice weekly in-class tutorials with collegiate tutors to support their advanced coursework. Students also have the opportunity to attend college visit field trips every semester in the AVID elective class.